Red Fort / Lal Kila Delhi (Entry Fee, Timings, History, Built by, Images & Location

A Delhi Tour Package remains incomplete without visiting the majestic Red Fort, famously known as Lal Kila of Delhi. Comprising many buildings with intricate carvings, floral motifs, double domes and a majestic defence wall of around 2.5 kms, Red Fort is sprawling over an area of 255 acres. The fortress was built as a palace of Shahjahanbad, the capital of the fifth Mughal emperor, now become the most popular monument in India. It was Emperor Shah Jahan who built the Red Fort; he also created another popular architecture of India – the Taj Mahal in Agra. Owing to the red sandstone used for its construction, the fort is called as Red Fort.

With an expressive structure of red sandstone and rich historical background and prominent national importance, Red Fort, Delhi is a place which must be explored. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

Entry Fee

  • 35 per person for Indians
  • 500 per person for Foreign Tourists
  • 25 for Video Camera
  • 80 per person for adults on weekends (Light & Sound show)
  • 30 per person for children on weekends (Light & Sound show)
  • 60 per person for adults on weekdays (Light & Sound show)
  • 20 per person for children on weekdays (Light & Sound show)

Entry Timings:
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed on Monday
Red Fort Light & Sound Show Timings are:
In Hindi:

  • 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM (May to Aug)
  • 7 PM to 8 PM (Sep & Oct)
  • 6 PM to 7 PM (Nov to Jan)
  • 7 PM to 8 PM (Feb to Apr)

In English: 

  • 9 PM to 10 PM (May to Aug)
  • 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM (Sep & Oct)
  • 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM (Nov to Jan)
  • 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM (Feb to Apr)

History of Red Fort
The glorifying history of Red Fort begins with the first question of who constructed it “Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.” In the year 1639, the emperor decided to shift the capital of the Mughal Empire Agra to Delhi by the side of River Yamuna. Architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was then assigned the task of building the Red Fort. Construction of Red Fort, Delhi was completed in the year 1648. The fort's construction took almost a decade the complete.

Red Fort’s rich past is not only associated with the Mughals but is also symbolic of an important part of India’s past, denoting a timeline of the years it has gone through. The architectural excellence of the fort was later influenced by travellers by other monuments of the country. It is not a prominent attraction but holds equal importance in present. It is the place from where the Prime Minister of India hosts the national flag every year on the eve of Independence, on the 15th of August.

Architecture of Red Fort
The architects Ustad Ahmad and Ustad Hamid designed Red Fort, Delhi. With a remarkable construction and well-planned layout, Red Fort also known as the Lal Quila, is architecturally superior to many other monuments across the world. The Red Fort’s enormous construction and striking red colour will catch your attention right away. Red sandstone was used to build the red fort, giving it a distinctive red colour. The fort served several different functions all of which were considered when it was built.

The fort’s tallest building is around 33 meter high. The Delhi Red Fort is shaped like an asymmetrical octagon, with two main entrances on the western and southern sides. The remainder of the fort is made of marble except for the walls and a few other areas, which are built of red sandstone.
Diwan-i-'Aam, Diwan-i-Khass, Tasbih-Khana, Nahr-i-Bihisht, Delhi Fort Museum- Mumtaz-Mahal, Hammam, Moti-Masjid, Hayat-Bakhsh-Bagh, Chhatta-Chowk, Zafar-Mahal, Rang-Mahal, and other notable fort sections are a few that are guaranteed to fascinate you. Later, when the British arrived, Lal Qila was also ruled by them. Red Fort had numerous alterations while it was a British colony, yet its seductive architecture never lost its mesmerizing appeal.

Red Fort Light & Sound Show
The most important attraction of this place is the light and sound show. The Red Fort and Sound show is conducted in the Hindu and English languages. It began in 1996, this show became immensely popular among visitors soon after its start. The modern technologies are combined to present a peek into the historical grandeur of ancient India. One of a kind, this show is around 1 hour long. The shows are well-organized in the evening, with an interval of one hour between them.
As the shows begin, Red Fort gains an immersive appearance. The emphasis is mainly on the history of the Mughal reign and its role in the construction of the Red Fort. Tickets for the light and sound show can be bought from the ticket booth at the Red Fort.

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